"Let's Talk..."

Launched in 2016, the “Let’s Talk...” Discussion Series is an inclusive monthly after-work gathering of experts, Fellows and guests who come together to enjoy great conversation – not a lecture – on important global imperatives. The Series covers today’s hottest issues in international relations and global economics, and we’d welcome your voice.

These more intimate events are an ideal way to get to know your fellow DCFR members and tap into the expertise of our organization. And please bring a guest who might have an interest in membership!

Cash Bar and food available for purchase. A respectful, convivial and lively conversation using Chatham House Rule.


2017 PROGRAMS:

April 18, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at U.T. Dallas
LET'S TALK...THE GEOPOLITICAL IMPACT OF TURKEY
Moderator: Dr. Hasan Pirkul, Dean of the Jindal School of Management, U.T. Dallas

March 21, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Fernando's, 4514 Travis Street, Dallas
"LET'S TALK...RUSSIA: A THREAT BUT CAN WE WORK TOGETHER"
Moderator: Dr. Daniel T. Orlovsky, Professor and George Bouhe Research Fellow in Russian Studies Russia and Soviet Union, SMU
Russia is at the center of our attention. Hacking, interfering in U.S. and European elections, and military adventures in the Crimea, Ukraine and Syria are creating tension with the U.S. Some observers say Russia is a mob state and another cold war is inevitable. Others think that while we have different national interests, Russia could still be a strategic partner. What are your thoughts?

February 21, 2017,
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Fernando's, 4514 Travis Street, Dallas
"LET'S TALK...THE GEOPOLITICAL IMPACT OF FAKE NEWS"
Fake news is the  fabrication of fictitious information to deceive readers with the goal of influencing public thought and profit. Most fake news is circulated by unscrupulous websites, but more and more  by shadowy companies employed by government agencies or organizations using cut outs, decoys and other means to hide their involvement. Come join us in a discussion on how fake news is made, who the bad actors are, whether it can be spotted and its geopolitical impact.

January 17, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Mesero, 2822 N. Henderson Avenue, Dallas
"LET’S TALK…CUBA"
Since the early 1960’s the U.S. has been in conflict with this small communist nation. The Bay of Pigs, The Cuban Missile Crisis, the Castro brothers, Che Guevara, the U.S. economic embargo, and refugees fleeing to the U.S. for freedom are all part of  our history over the last 56 years. Fidel Castro is dead and Raul will soon be out of the picture. Will Cuba remain the center of communism in the Americas or will it turn to democracy and an economic revival?